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Garmin nuvi 205WT
Member Name: luceyliu
Garmin nuvi 205WT
Date: 28/08/10, updated on 29/08/10 (35 review reads)
Advantages: Slim good looking sat nav, reliable, easy to use, lots of features
Disadvantages: Battery life is not great lasting me just 2 hours, no bluetooth
I decided to treat myself to this GPS device last year. I had bought my mother a Garmin sat nav for christmas a few years ago and was familiar with the brand. I was beginning to get sick of having to ask her to borrow the GPS everytime I wanted to go some where I was unsure of. I have only been driving for a few years and lack confidence when driving to places I dont know but with the sat nav on my windscreen I felt I was able to go wherever I wanted to go because there was no way of getting lost or going the wrong way!
I bought this Garmin online for about 200 euro early last year. They seem to release new sat navs on a regular basis so the prices also drop quickly as a result. I have seen the same model for about £100 on Amazon. So its best to shop around. This model comes packed with features but to be honest I just use it to get me from A to B and that is all!
It came in a neat little box with the GPS itself, a cradle to attach it to the windscreen, a USB lead to plug into the computer, a charger for the car and a manual. I was disappointed that a charger with a plug wasnt included. This comes as an extra accessory so if you want to charge the GPS before you set off on your travels it will cost you extra.
The screen is about a 4 inch touch screen that you select your route by entering the address. I like this as if you are unsure about the exact address it will give you a list of similar street names to choose from. It then shows you on a map the time you should arrive at your destination and also the speed limit of the current area you are in. Sometimes this was out of place, such as new roads were 120km and it said 100km but this is only minor and could be fixed by updating the device on your computer. You can store your favorite spots for use again which I liked because it can take a while to sort through the address sometimes.
If you're driving at night the light is changed in such a way to highlight the roads better which I thought was excellent and a lot easier to use while dark. It announces the directions in a clear precise voice. This can be changed to an American accent, English accent and male or female.
Included in the menu is a calculator, measurement converter, clock, and a photo viewer. You can plug a memory stick into this to show a slideshow of pictures instead of using the sat nav. It is only to be used in Ireland and England though so you cannot take this on any European adventure. Also the device does not include bluetooth so you cannot connect your mobile phone to it. I found this a real disadvantage because it seems standard in all other navigation systems.
The battery life is supposedly four hours but mine only lasts half of this. I dont mind though because I just have it constantly plugged into the car socket when in use. It has always been reliable and I have used it in built up cities aswell as country roads and it has never gone wrong with its directions.
Summary: Recommended for use only in England and Ireland though
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